A dying alchemist's memoir. Having lived for centuries, pursuing the truth of all things through half-baked whimsical notions, conceding nothing, progressing not a whit toward his goal, he walks proudly into whatever shall come with nary a glance over his shoulder.
Sholder Greye lived, died, was resurrected, and may proceed through these cycles again, with no particular allegiance to temporal order, as the whim of his Creator dictates.
His Creator is Yarrow Paisley, who lives, has not died, will not be resurrected, and for whom none of these events represents a "cycle," unless considered within the greater context of the "Natural Order."
December 5, 1995 was the date on which a text file entitled "The Mad Philosopher: Confessions of an Eccentric Old Man," was uploaded to etext.org, copyrighted to Sholder Greye but free for distribution and sale by all, as long as attribution remained with the author. Well before the "Creative Commons," Sholder Greye pioneered the frontier of alternative "Intellectual Property" models.
In the intervening time, several ebooks were produced from that text by others, even made available for sale; and when the Internet Archive absorbed etext.org, the text became available there. When various ereaders were released, Yarrow Paisley adapted versions for them; he also uploaded an updated version to the Internet Archive.
And now, of course, with the advent of viable Print-on-Demand technology, Sholder Greye has been resurrected yet again, and his work will soon be obtainable in the more durable print medium (early 2012).